Electronic capabilities promise to deliver added functions and reduced costs on large outsourced interior modules. Lear Corp. was one of the first auto interior suppliers to recognize the importance of the integration of electronics.
With the acquisition of United Technologies' automotive division in March 1999, Lear brought substantial electrical and electronic capability in-house.
In May, Lear followed up the acquisition by introducing its Intertronics concept to automakers to move interior integration to the next level. Products being developed at Lear Electronics and Electrical Division's new technical center in Dearborn, Mich., and two new centers in Europe include: an instrument panel center console control that provides a thin-profile control panel for the entertainment system, accessory switch functions and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
The bulk of the electronic modules are away from the driver.
Lear's integrated seat adjuster module combines electronic controls for seat adjustment, power lumbar support, memory function and heat in one package.
Lear's integrated door controls combine the controls for window lift, door lock, power mirror, heated seat and electronic control modules in a single, integrated package.